Logan Graduate Treats Two of Chicago's Top Sports Teams

Dr. Josh Akin is the founder and clinic director of Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine and serves as the team chiropractor for two of the Windy City’s top sports teams: the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs.

One might wonder how he got from Logan’s campus to Soldier Field and Wrigley Field. He credits a few fortunate opportunities that he has been able to build upon since his graduation. 

Dr. Akin grew up as a chiropractic patient. He suffered a hip injury when he was 10 years old and received chiropractic care from his neighbor, Logan alumnus Nick Gatto, DC. After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in chemistry more than a decade later, Dr. Akin was encouraged by Dr. Gatto to attend Logan’s chiropractic program.

At a campus visit prior to enrolling at Logan, Dr. Gatto introduced Dr. Akin to Logan Professor Ralph Filson, DC, who served as a team chiropractor for the St. Louis Cardinals. As a student, Dr. Akin worked with Dr. Filson on a research project in which he was exposed to the application of manual treatment and its effect on athletic performance. This interest would eventually lead him to the world of competitive sports.

After graduating from Logan in December 2006, Dr. Akin worked for three years as an associate doctor before establishing Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine. Today, his practice includes a multidisciplinary clinic and personal training gym in Northfield, Ill., and a performance training center in the West Loop of Chicago.

His work with professional athletes started in 2007. “I was introduced to a long-standing player for the Bears whom I began working with in private clinic,” he explained. “The following year, the player was instrumental in getting me involved with the team.”

For the past eight seasons, Dr. Akin has served as the team chiropractor for the Chicago Bears, treating the players at the team’s facility during the week while attending all games to provide pre-game and sideline care.

He also serves as chiropractor for the Chicago Cubs and has provided treatment during spring training and home games for the past six seasons.

Dr. Akin says there are just a few differences between working with football and baseball players and working with private-clinic patients. While the mechanics of the body are similar, the obvious difference is the size of the pro athlete patients. He says the differentiating experiences, as well as the variety of being on the sidelines at games and in a treatment room at his practice, are what he enjoys the most.

“Private practice tends to be more pain-focused, particularly in the initial phase of treatment, always with the goal of attaining stability and progressing to the performance phase for the athlete,” he said. “With the sports teams, I am able to provide a reactionary level of treatment to any injuries that may occur, and also a global proactive approach of eliminating injuries before they occur.”

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Meeting - April 12th, 2016

All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the Midwest Gateway Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) meeting on Tuesday, April 12th from 6pm to 8pm in the Purser Center. 

The topic is Predictive Analytics in Healthcare-Harnessing Your Data to Increase Efficiency and Improve Care and will be presented by Nephi Walton, MD, MS, pediatrician and genetics fellow at Washington University’s School of Medicine.

The event is free, but please RSVP to Dr. Rosemary Walker at Rosemary.Walker@logan.edu if you're planning on attending.

Philosophy Night - April 8th, 2016

Philosophy Night featuring Dr. Frederick Schurger will be held on Friday, April 8th at 5pm in Room 156A.

Learn how a subluxation-based chiropractic practice is an evidence-informed practice.

All are welcome to attend and snacks will be provided.

Congratulations Dr. Kettner!

Drs. Anthony Hamm, Norman Kettner and Clay McDonald.

Congratulations to Dr. Norman Kettner, professor and chair of Logan's department of radiology, for receiving a Presidential Award from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Dr. Kettner received the award from Dr. Anthony Hamm, Immediate Past President of the ACA, for his contributions to the chiropractic profession.

Congratulations Dr. Kettner!

Welcome Tamika Johnson to Logan!

Please welcome Tamika Johnson, MEd to Logan! She will serve in the Office of Financial Aid as a Financial Aid Advisor primarily working with Undergraduate and Work Study students.

Tamika comes to Logan from Southwestern Illinois College, where she served as both the Financial Aid and Registration Specialist for over a year. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration Services.

Welcome to Logan!

Bringing Chiropractic to Center Stage in the Music Industry

Dr. Charles Kautz (left) treats Jim James of the band My Morning Jacket.
It’s widely accepted that sports and chiropractic go hand in hand, but there’s a less obvious connection to the music industry that December 2012 Logan graduate Charles Kautz, DC, is working to establish. Dr. Kautz has taken his love for music and transformed it into a career in which he has provided chiropractic care to members of some of the biggest touring acts in the industry, including Taylor Swift, Billy Idol, The Flaming Lips and Umphrey’s McGee.

Providing treatment to those in the music industry wasn’t always a focus for Dr. Kautz, but he had a career-defining moment midway through his DC education at Logan.

“It was finals week, so naturally, I was procrastinating and thinking about anything else but studying,” said Dr. Kautz. “While I was in the library, I literally had a ‘lightbulb moment,’ just like you’d see in cartoons.” It was at that moment that he decided he’d make being the “musician’s physician” his niche. 

Since he was young, Dr. Kautz’s hobby was music. He frequented concerts while attending college at the University of Kentucky and throughout his time at Logan. “The Pageant on Delmar claimed all my leftover spending money as a chiropractic student,” joked Dr. Kautz, recounting his memories with a group of about 20 other Logan students who shared a passion for music. “I fell in love with the vibe in The Loop and the music scene in St. Louis.”

Dr. Kautz took this love for music and began digging deeper into how musicians could benefit from chiropractic care. He found that, while they experienced chronic pain from repetitive stress injuries, no one was specializing in chiropractic for musicians full-time or to the extent he was considering. “Musicians work hard, and they’re all doing repetitive motions all the time,” he said. “I view chiropractic as a way to give these touring musicians an edge, to enhance their performance and allow their bodies to create the music that their brains are intending.”

At Logan, Dr. Kautz (
pictured above with the band members of Cherub) enrolled in a course on Active Release Technique (ART), a technique focused on relieving soft tissue problems related to overuse injuries.

“Logan was a great choice, because they are so diverse in their offerings,” he said, adding that he and his supervising clinician, Assistant Professor Jeffrey Kamper, DC, DCBCN, often discussed music and Dr. Kautz’s plans for his future. “Since then, I have been working to bridge the gap between music and chiropractic—to really introduce one industry to the other.”

After graduation, Dr. Kautz began building music-industry relationships in Milwaukee and nearby markets by treating musicians for repetitive stress injuries, postural issues and functional improvements, focusing on hands, elbows and shoulders.

The individual he claims as his gateway to treating those involved with larger musical acts, is John Densmore, legendary drummer for The Doors. “He explained to me that chiropractic pretty much saved his career and that the band would bring a chiropractor to treat them at the venue every week on tour.” said Dr. Kautz.

Working with John early in his career gave credit to the work Dr. Kautz was doing and helped pave the way for his future relationships.

Decreasing his patients’ pain and improving their function is Dr. Kautz’s number one goal. “If they feel better, they’re going to play better,” said Dr. Kautz. “To have them walk off the stage and say, ‘thank you,’ to me is so rewarding.”

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